Robbie Barnes Share Influences, Goals In Horror Film Production

Robbie Barnes Exclusive Interview

Robbie Barnes’ origin story began in Cleveland, Ohio. Barnes launched her acting career fueled by the commercial success of female drive productions in Horror and Science fiction cinema. Her humble beginnings catapulted from acting classes in the theatre department at Cuyahoga Community College. Robbie Barnes Women in Horror Month

Her acting technique flourished in stage plays which would later transform into commercials to shorts and full feature films. According to IMDb Barnes now possesses thirty-six (36) acting credits over seven years.

In addition, Barnes continues to broaden her skills adding screenwriting, directing and producing to her resume. She has four (4) credits each for the first two and two (2) credits for the latter.

Barnes’ forthcoming work encompasses the Horror, Thriller Estella’s Revenge, the Horror film Rebirth, and the Horror short Control to mention a few.

Barnes directed and wrote the screenplay for the Horror short film Beyond Repair.

The following interview composed by DecayMag Content Contributor Samantha Kolesnik delves into Barnes’ point of view on women in Horror, her career, and influences.

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Samantha Kolesnik: Tell us about what you do in horror.

Robbie Barnes: I am a writer, director, and editor of horror. I’ve also acted in a few horror films, but have been focusing primarily on directing lately.

Samantha Kolesnik: What is the best part about creating art in the horror genre?

Robbie Barnes: When you finish your film and you get to show it to people and they’re genuinely creeped out or afraid of what they just watched.

My recent horror short, Beyond Repair, has been getting several reviews and all have been very positive. I’ve been a fan of horror movies since my childhood and I love when I find one that really gives me the chills! It’s exciting when I can create one, myself, that affects an audience the same way and they feel the same rush of adrenaline.

Samantha Kolesnik: Someone comes up to you and says they’re about to make their first film ever. What would you tell them?

Robbie Barnes: I would say to start small and work your way up. Write a short over a feature, and be practical with what you’re trying to accomplish. Avoid anything that would require any advanced special fx. And lastly, find your crew; by that I mean the people who really work well with your style and want to work on the project as badly as you do. These are all the things I didn’t do when I first started making movies and I learned the hard way! Robbie Barnes Women in Horror Month

Samantha Kolesnik: What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your horror career?

Robbie Barnes: I’d have to say it’s finding finances to shoot properly. Some things can’t be substituted and you need certain locations, props, etc., and without a decent budget, it makes it hard to obtain.

My team and I have been finding ways to always make it work, but it would be nice to one day have a nice sum of money to make a movie.

Samantha Kolesnik: What are your horror plans for 2018?

Robbie Barnes: I’m directing a film that is a cross between several different genres coming up soon called Dream Come True. It’s a mesh of drama, dark romance, fantasy, with a small dose of horror-esque scenes mixed in. I’m not sure how well it will do amongst the horror community calling it a ‘horror’ film, but it will have dark elements to it.

The story was written by playwright and director Greg Vovos, and he’s thankfully given me permission to adapt it from stage to screen. I loved the script and have spent the last 3 years figuring out how I’m going to do it, so it’s been my baby. Outside of that, I do have a vampire horror short in mind I plan on writing and maybe putting into production towards the end of the year. Robbie Barnes Women in Horror Month

Samantha Kolesnik: Name one or more other #womeninhorror who have inspired, helped, or motivated you along the way.

Robbie Barnes: One of my favorite horror movies to date is Pet Semetary and when I found out that it was a woman, Mary Lambert, who directed it, I liked it even more! There are a few different horror films that are phenomenal and directed by women, like American Psycho, The Babadook, Carrie remake, and American Mary. When I learned that, it made me think that I could do it, too.

I remember talking to a few female friends of mine who are actresses and I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I should start directing cause they thought I’d be good at it. Those ladies have also been a huge inspiration to me and still give me encouragement to this day when I need it. I’m very grateful to have them.


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